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"Estanco" is an adjective which is often translated as "watertight", and "compartimento" is a noun which is often translated as "compartment". Learn more about the difference between "estanco" and "compartimento" below.
estanco(
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tahng
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (hermetic)
a. watertight
Guardamos el dinero en un compartimento estanco cuando salimos a navegar.We store our money in a watertight compartment when we go sailing.
b. airtight
Las muestras tiene que ser guardadas en un recipiente estanco.The samples must be kept in an airtight container.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (state-run tobacco store)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. tobacconist's
Pasaba por el estanco cuando me entraron ganas de comprarme un habano.I was walking by the tobacconist's when I got the urge to buy myself a Havana cigar.
b. government store
Me dio el vicio de fumar trabajando en el estanco.I picked up my smoking habit while working at the government store.
3. (small liquor store)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
a. liquor store
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Voy al estanco a traer cerveza y leche.I'm going to the liquor store to get beer and milk.
b. off-licence (United Kingdom)
Fuimos al estanco a comprar vino para la fiesta.We went to the off-licence to buy wine for the party.
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compartimento(
kohm
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pahr
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. compartment
Ya no hay más trenes con compartimentos para fumadores.There are no trains with smoking compartments anymore.
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